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The VISION House The VISION House Charming Top, Left: This 300 square- foot driveway project took an 8-person crew four hours to complete. The company used PermaKrete, a pervious concrete blend. Top, Right: Here, a worker uses a plate compactor over the base layer, which is six inches of ¾-inch rock. Bottom: Contractors installed more than 4,000 square feet of Soil Retention's Drivable Grass for the parking area. Workers laid the pavement system over a 10-inch deep base of decomposed granite and then planted the grids with grass seed. 24 LC DBM Jonathan Segal: The Charming Permeable Parking Lot Architect, builder, and developer Jonathan Segal, FAIA and his team built this multifamily award-win- ning project called "The Charmer" in San Diego's Little Italy neighborhood (see photo above). The Charmer is a pedestrian-friendly, modern de- signed courtyard apartment complex with 19 residen- tial units and 5,000 square feet of commercial space. All parking is at grade, and while some spaces are covered to comply with local requirements, most residents park in the landscaped courtyard, which was paved with Soil Retention's Drivable Grass. High Tech Turf & Trees: St. Paul's Episcopal Church For this Oregon City, Oregon project, Scott Buley of High Tech Turf & Trees used pervious pavers from Xeripave to turn the St. Paul's Episcopal Church hard- scape into both a functional and aesthetically pleasing area (see page 26). The original landscape was closed off and inacces- sible to church members, and visitors encountered a fish-bowl structure with a large retaining wall, shrub beds and bark dust surrounding the landscape's perim- eter. Hoping to create an open and inviting atmosphere, the church looked to its members to donate time, re- sources and funds. Buley, a church member and owner of High Tech Turf & Trees, was eager to help. The company designed the landscape to be accessible by cutting out a section of the retaining wall and re- moving the bark dust that acted as a barrier. They trans- formed the area into a walkway and patio. Using an articulated compact tractor with a Sisis Quadraplay for the grading, leveling and initial com- pacting, workers dug out the soil and graded the area to provide a basis for a raised rain garden bed adjacent to the walkway. Scott's design used Xeripave pavers as a walkway, ramp entryway and courtyard/patio in a rain garden design. Ramco: The VISION House Located in Pacific Palisades, California, The Vision House project was designed to showcase green building practices with a contemporary design (see page 24). For the project, Ken Newman of Ramco used PermaKrete, a pervious concrete blend that uses 100-percent recycled concrete for the aggregate.